Holiday Happenings

Holiday Happenings

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the architecture around town is delightful.  The weekend is chock full of happenings for those of us in the know architecturally.  You can tour a turn-of-the-century mansion, see the holiday lights in one of Dallas' oldest neighborhoods or celebrate the return of Art Deco masterpieces to Fair Park.  Take your pick....

A part of our exhibition on the architecture of the Arts District and our Arts District Walking Tours concentrates on what Ross Avenue used to be…the poshest residential street in town.  Unfortunately, today, only three have survived the wrecking ball.  One is a part of Fannin Elementary School and the Dallas Bar Association is the caretaker of the Belo Mansion in the heart of downtown.  The third is the Alexander Mansion, the home of the Dallas Woman’s Forum since 1930.  Built in 1906 by C.D. Hill and Sanguinett & Staats, the home is remarkably intact, with its original light fixtures and a Tiffany-style window.  This week and next, you have the chance to tour it as a part of the annual Holiday Home Tour.  Details are here.

Kessler Park rings in the holidays with its traditional Holiday Lights which begins Saturday night.

And, Art Deco masterpieces return to Fair Park.  Contralto and Tenor, two gilded wonders that originally stood at the foot of the Esplanade have been recreated and reinstalled.  They’ll be on display this weekend at Fair Park Holiday.  The official City of Dallas tree will be lit, and it will be our first chance to see the newly renovated Esplanade fountains and their Bellagio-style displays.  DCFA will see you there! 


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